Thursday, January 15, 2009

Skeptic Finds Weight-Loss Motivation At Health Club

“The treadmill-turned-coatrack and the fitness machine gathering dust in his basement had pretty much convinced Tim Goodwin that joining a health club would be a waste of money. But, on Dec. 17, 2007, Goodwin — then tipping the scale at 288 pounds — had just bought a pair of size 44 pants that he couldn’t button comfortably. So he let his son, Joe, who wanted to play basketball with his buddies after school, talk him into taking a tour of Peak Sports Club in Rockford. ‘I thought it was going to be one of those things we would never use,’ Goodwin said. ‘My son was excited but it wasn’t until I got here that something clicked to where I felt this was an environment where I could possibly make a difference in my health.’ He said he asked for a membership card when the tour concluded, ‘because I knew if I left I wouldn’t be back.’ Goodwin, 44, renewed his membership last month, 115 pounds lighter and making plans to begin training for road racing and triathlons. Goodwin said his decision to change his eating habits also made him more serious about his workout routine because ‘I realized that your diet and your exercise have to match or you don’t really see the results.’ He has gone from struggling to make 30 minutes on an exercise bike to doing an hour on the bike and following it with a 30-minute run on a treadmill. He works out seven days a week — other than missing five or six times — and alternates a cardiovascular workout with a strength workout on machines every other day. ‘I see this taking me down a road of, basically, being more active and more athletically capable with my son and my daughter as they grow up.’”

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